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Europe's Virtualization Experts Head to Prague for Virtualization Expo 2009

Next week both Cloud Computing and Virtualization take center stage, 18-19 May, at the Prague Hilton

From tomorrow Virtualization and Cloud Computing are going to be center stage, 18-19 May, at the Prague Hilton as the Czech Republic plays host to Virtualization Conference Europe 2009, co-located with Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009 - the first conference outside the USA in SYS-CON's world-beating series of events devoted to the two hottest interlinked topics in Enterprise IT today.

Speakers and attendees alike are converging on Prague from all over Europe, and indeed many are even flying in from the USA and other continents in order to familiarize themselves with where exactly Europe is located on the Cloud/Virtualization spectrum right now. Here is a round-up of speakers, arranged by country of origin.

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From Finland:

Petri Lillberg - EVP of R&D, SSH Communications Security

Session Title [click for full details]:
Taking the Secure Migration Path to IT Virtualization

Petri Lillberg is Executive Vice President of Research & Development at SSH Communications Security. He is responsible for managing the research and development of SSH’s security solutions, and the company's product strategy, roadmaps and management activities. Prior to joining SSH in 1998, Lillberg worked as the director of engineering and technical support at SafeNet Ltd. He has a Master of Science from Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration.

From Germany:

Juergen Frick - Sr. Solutions Architect, Adaptec

Session Title [click for full details]:
Intelligent Storage Management for Virtual Data Centers

Juergen Frick is Senior Solutions Architect at Adaptec, reporting directly to the VP and GM of Emerging Business Units and Corporate Development.

From Spain

Lluis Font - CEO, NTRglobal

Session Title [click for full details]:
Green SaaS - Reducing the Carbon Footprint with Green Support Desks

Lluis Font is responsible for all aspects of the NTRglobal business. Under his leadership and because of his focus on meeting customer needs, he has doubled revenue year-over-year since 2002. More than 17,000 businesses in 60 countries subscribe to NTRglobal on-demand solutions for remote support with NTRsupport and remote administration and IT task automation with NTRadmin. Before taking the reigns at NTRglobal, Font held numerous executive positions with top consulting companies, including Price Waterhouse, He wasl also CEO of AGM, The Global Company, one of Spain's biggest Internet consulting firms, where he grew revenues from 3 million Euros to 15 million Euros in one year.

From England:

Derek McAuley - Chief Scientist, Netronome Systems

Session Title [click for full details]:
Device Virtualization: Alternatives to SR-IOV

Derek McAuley is Chief Scientist of Netronome Systems. He spent ten years as an academic at Cambridge and Glasgow Universities where he designed and taught courses in virtualization, hardware design, computer architecture, communications, distributed systems, networking, operating systems, and information theory. McAuley was one of the founding members of the Microsoft Research Laboratory in Cambridge, and is a founding Director of the Intel Lab in Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the BCS and an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory.

Roger Baskerville - VP for EMEA, Vizioncore


Session Title [click for full details]:
Take Control of Your Virtual Infrastructure

Roger Baskerville is VP for EMEA at Vizioncore. His history in the industry has seen him occupy high-ranking EMEA positions at Citrix Systems and XenSource before their acquisition. A seasoned industry speaker, both technically astute and market aware, Baskerville brings with him a wealth of experience in virtualization for the EMEA region.

From Portugal:

Nuno Duro - CTO, Evolvespace Solutions

Session Title [click for full details]:
Managing Application Stacks with a Virtualization Tool: VIRTU

Nuno Duro graduated in Computer Science by University of Coimbra. He is currently the CTO of EVOLVE and product manager of the VIRTU product. He has been working as engineering manager in Space and Defense business for the last 8 years, for developing and testing Command & Control distributed systems based on open source solutions and virtualized environments.

From the Czech Republic:

Roman Stanek - Founder & CEO, Good Data

Session Title [click for full details]:
Opening Keynote: Building Great Companies on the Cloud

Roman Stanek is a technology visionary who has spent the past fifteen years building world-class technology companies. Currently Founder & CEO of Good Data, which provides collaborative analytics on demand, he previously co-founded first NetBeans, now a part of Sun Microsystems and one of the leading Java IDEs, and then and Systinet, now owned by Hewlett-Packard and the leading SOA Governance platform on the market.

From Scotland:

Alan Williamson - Founder, AW20.co.uk & Editor-in-Chief, Cloud Computing Journal

Session Title [click for full details]:
Cloud Computing Bootcamp (May 19, 2009)


Alan Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Cloud Computing Journal and is SYS-CON's "Cloud Computing Bootcamp" Instructor. Widely recognized as an early expert on Cloud Computing, he is Co-Founder of aw2.0 Ltd, a software company specializing in deploying software solutions within Cloud networks. Alan is a Sun Java Champion and creator of OpenBlueDragon (an open source Java CFML runtime engine). With many books, articles and speaking engagements under his belt, Alan likes to talk passionately about what can be done TODAY and not get caught up in the marketing hype of TOMORROW.

From the USA:
Stephen Foskett - Director of Consulting, Nirvanix

Session Title [click for full details]:
How Does Virtualization Change Storage?

Stephen Foskett has provided vendor-independent end user consulting on storage topics for over 10 years. He has been a storage columnist, has authored numerous articles for industry publications and is a popular presenter at industry events. He recently received Microsoft’s MVP award for contributions to the enterprise storage community. As the director of consulting for Nirvanix, Foskett provides strategic consulting to assist Fortune 500 companies in developing strategies for service-based tiered and cloud storage.

Todd Kuczaj - Manager, Global Testing Practice, Accenture

Session Title [click for full details]:
Virtualization and the Streamlining of Traditional Software Testing

Todd Kuczaj is a Manager within Accenture's Global Testing Practice and has been with the company for 8 years. He manages global testing projects for Fortune 100 clients. He holds a Master of Science (Information Management) from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.

Richard Cassidy - Manager of Global Systems Engineering, Virtual Computer

Session Title [click for full details]:
Making the Case for Desktop Virtualization

Richard Cassidy is Global Consulting Systems Engineer at Virtual Computer.


Cloud Computing Expo New York April 2009 attracted record participation

More Than 40 Sessions by a Rock Star Faculty
More than 40 cutting-edge Cloud and Virtualization sessions will cover the subject by an all star faculty. The conference offers a rich array of breakout sessions, general sessions, and power panel dicussions at the 2-day information packed event.

Full-Day Cloud Bootcamp
Cloud Computing Conference & Expo Europe will also present a full-day, hands-on Cloud Computing Bootcamp by Alan Williamson.

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